7 Replies Latest reply: Mar 30, 2011 8:55 AM by cosmicrepairdude
farmergreg Level 1 (10 points)
I used to use Firefox but started using iPod, so switched to Safari. I want to save all the open tabs so that when I quit and then reopen Safari later the page with tabs comes back just the way it was when I quit Safari last time. I searched all over Safari for a place to set that, Preferences, all Pulldowns.

Where can I, or can I, have Safari save my tabs when quitting?


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  • Allan Jones Level 7 (33,972 points)
    If you have a set of sites you like to open at the start of a session, organize them into one bookmark folder and place that folder in the Bookmarks Bar. Then go to Bookmarks > Bookmarks Bar and, in the column headed "Auto-click," check the box next to that folder. When you launch Safari and click that folder in the Bar, all the tabs will open in the order you aranged them in the folder.

    That's how I have Safari set up to open to the same Apple Discussion sub-forums when I start Safari. One click and I'm where I need to be in AD.

    You can even make all these auto-open at launch by going to Safari Preference > General and use the pulldown for "New Windows Open with..." to select "Choose Tabs Folder." Navigate to the folder you made for you favorite sties.
  • andyBall_uk Level 7 (20,490 points)
    Hi Greg

    Safari-History- Reopen All Windows from Last Session does just that, albeit not automatically; although setting a key shortcut would be quicker.

    I think Glims or some other add-on offers that auto-ability
  • farmergreg Level 1 (10 points)
    The command to open tabs from last time works well.

    I downloaded Glims and restarted Safari but Glims doesn't appear in my Preferences next to the Advanced icon at the top. Is there something else I need to do after installing Glims (or any other add-ons like that?
  • Bernard Cawley Level 1 (60 points)
    I agree....I wish Safari had a setting to just save whatever tabs I had open last session as Firefox does. This is one of the things that keeps me on Firefox on my Windoze boxes. I know there are ways to do it in Safari but you have to remember to do it. With Firefox it's automatic once you tick the box in a close dialog once.

    Safari knows I have multiple tabs open and asks if I want to quit anyway. This is where it should (and Firefox does) ask if I want to save the tabs.

    Message was edited by: Bernard Cawley
  • TeriPettit Level 1 (0 points)
    I think Safari's "Reopen All Windows from Last Session" is BETTER than an option to save at Quit would be, because it works even if you do not go through Quit but crash. The list of all open tabs is automatically saved every time a URL is followed causing the set of open tab contents to change.

    The only thing I regret, and wish would be improved, is that the per-tab navigation history is not saved. So when you reopen all the tabs from the last session, they are all history-free, as if you had saved them as bookmarks.
  • christopher rigby1 Level 4 (2,122 points)
    Glims (which I use, and wouldn't do without now) does just this - it re-opens your tabs after a Quit, and offers to after a crash. However, I'm not sure why the OP can't see Glims; as this was months ago, maybe that is now fixed?
  • cosmicrepairdude Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes, thumbs up for Glims (latest version).
    It does indeed remember the history of the previous session, not just the last viewed pages.